Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 37150
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2005/4/12 [Politics/Domestic/California, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:37150 Activity:nil
4/12    It is easy to dismiss this guy as a crackpot, but he is
        a Senior Fellow for EPIC, a retired NSA analyst and
        was an intelligence officer in the Marine Corp: (onlinejournal)
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December 6, 2004The manipulation of computer voting machines in the recen t presidential election and the funding of programmers who were involved in the operation are tied to an intricate web of shady off-shore financ ial trusts and companies, shady espionage operatives, Republican Party p oliticians close to the Bush family, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract vehicles. An exhaustive investigation has turned up a link between current Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney, a customized Windows-based program to suppress Democratic votes on touch screen voting machines, a Florida computer services company with whom Feeney worked as a general counsel and registered lobbyist while he was Speaker of the Florida House of Rep resentatives, and top level officials of the Bush administration. At the time, Curtis was of the opinion that the program was to be used for preventing fraud in the in the 2002 election in Palm Beach C ounty, Florida. Yang, an engineering and computer services company subcontracted to NASA prime contractors like Lockheed Martin, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Granted minority-owned "Section 8A" and woman-owned pref erential status by the US government, Yang's clients also include the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). Yang's President, Li-Woan (L ee) Yang, is Tim Yang's wife. The Yangs als o serve as co-trustees for an entity called Yang of Merritt Island, Ltd. In the autumn of 1999, Curtis, who served as a sort of technology adviser for Yang, first became aware of Feeney's interest in election rigging. Feeney's desire to manipulate the vote would be manifested in his home ba se of Volusia County in the 2000 presidential election. According to The Washington Post, at 10 pm on election night, Al Gore was leading Bush in Volusia County by 83,000 to 62,000 votes. One-half hour later, Gore' s vote total had been reduced by 16,000 to 67,000 and an obscure Sociali st candidate saw a sudden surge to 10,000 votes in a precinct with only 600 voters. The information on the Volusia optical scanner voting anomal ies came from a leaked internal Diebold memorandum. In the end, Bush won Florida and the White House by a mere 537 votes in the most controversi al US presidential election in history. He was gubernatoria l candidate Jeb Bush's running mate in 1994, a race in which Democratic incumbent Lawton Chiles defeated Bush. Chiles once referred to Feeney as "the David Duke of Florida politics." In 2002, Feeney asked Curtis if he could develop a touch screen voting ma chine "flip flop" program. According to Curtis, Feeney asked him, "Can y ou write a program to flip votes around on touch screen machines?" 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